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Medication & Treatment

Medication & Treatment
November 20, 2019

10 ways to use coconut oil this summer

Did you know there’s an-all-purpose oil that’s beneficial for your health? Believe it or not, the fleshy meat of a coconut is good for your health, both inside and out!
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Medication & Treatment
October 21, 2019

Don’t take these medications together!

Many medications, whether over-the-counter or prescribed, can have fatal side effects when taken with other medications, beverages and food.
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Medication & Treatment
May 12, 2019

Which painkillers are best for an injury?

When you’ve been injured, it’s easy to pop a pill to ease the pain. Unfortunately, this could do more harm than good. Anti-inflammatory medications are often used to treat muscle aches and pains. It’s important to know when and how to use anti-inflammatories and when to use alternative methods.
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Medication & Treatment
November 30, 2018

The dangers of medication

Medication helps us feel better, right? If taken the right way, yes. After a consultation with your doctor, he may prescribe certain medications to help you recover. These are normally given with directions like how much to take and at what times. Medication becomes dangerous when you leave the doctor’s room without being clear on how you should take it. This lack of knowledge could cause serious consequences. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), an estimated 20% of high school students admit to taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription. Misusing medication can leave you with…
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Medication & Treatment
June 18, 2018

What is cupping and how does it work?

Can cups boost your health? They just may. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, originally used in Egyptian and Chinese cultures for healing. The process involves therapy in which a practitioner places special cups on the skin to create a suction. The cups are usually made from glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone. How does it work? According to Ayesha Abrahams, a cupping practitioner from Cape Town, there are two types of cupping; dry and wet cupping. During both the wet and dry cupping process, the cupping therapist places a flammable substance like alcohol, herbs or paper in…
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Medication & Treatment
April 20, 2018

Need chronic painkillers? Try these natural alternatives

You massage your temples to try and ease the pain. This is your second headache of the day; time to pop another pill. Painkillers have become household and handbag essentials over time. In the United States Opioids have even made headlines, as the drug-dependence epidemic surfaced. Strangely, many of us don’t know (or care) what we’re swallowing, as long as it gives us relief. What you need to know There are two main kinds of painkillers, anti-inflammatories and opioids. When you’re injured or hurt, special nerves send messages to your brain to communicate that you’re in pain. Painkilling drugs block…
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Medication & Treatment
March 7, 2018

My phlegm is yellow – do I need antibiotics?

Coughing and wheezing, sniffles and sneezing are all symptoms of a cold, flu or even a sinus infection. These symptoms may leave you feeling down and lousy. Over-the-counter medication may have not eased the symptoms. Is it time for antibiotics? An antibiotic is not ‘stronger’ than other medication Would you say that spoons are stronger than scissors? Of course not. We understand that scissors have a different function to spoons: the one is used for cutting, and the other is used for dishing up. The same rule applies to antibiotics: it's not stronger than other medication: it is different. It works…
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Medication & Treatment
January 5, 2018

When can you stop taking your medication?

You’ve been on antibiotics for a few days now to combat that infection, but you’re already feeling much better. Should you stop taking your meds? Or maybe you are taking meds for your blood pressure, but you don’t feel sick anymore. Is it fine to stop taking them? Absolutely not! Your doctor prescribed your medication for a reason. If you don’t take your medication exactly as prescribed, you can have many complications, such as unnecessary hospitalisation, delayed recovery, increased healthcare costs and even death. Why people stop too soon Many people stop taking their medication when they feel better. Once…
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